Green’s Dictionary of Slang

mud n.

1. a fool.

[UK]Hell Upon Earth 5: Mud, a Fool, or thick skull Fellow.
[UK]J. Hall Memoirs (1714) 13: Mud, a Fool, or Thick-scul Fellow.
[UK]Vanbrugh & Cibber Provoked Husband II i: You! you think I’m too forward! sure! Brother Mud! your Head’s too heavy to think of anything but your Belly.
[UK]Dyche & Pardon New General Eng. Dict. (5th edn).
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Mud, a Fool or thick skulled fellow.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ A Dict. of the Turf, The Ring, The Chase, etc. 122: Mud — a stupid twaddling fellow.
[UK]W.H. Smith ‘The Thieves’s Chaunt’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 120: There’s a nook in the boozing-ken, Where many a mud I fog.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum.
[US]Trumble Sl. Dict. (1890).

2. as a thick liquid.

(a) (orig. US, also Mississippi mud) thick, strong coffee.

[US]F.H. Sheppard Love Afloat 209: The bullet-headed, dark-woolled youth of African descent who was his body-servant, appeared [...] bearing a cup of ‘Navy mud,’ alias coffee.
[[US]O. Wister Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories 40: ‘What’s that mud?’ he demanded. ‘Coffee,’ said Sam politely].
Commercial (Union City, TN) 22 May 5/1: The woman ordered a cup of coffee with cream, two lumps of sugar [...] The man wanted a cup of coffee without cream [...] the waiter ordered, ‘Cup of mud, two chunks of ballast, milk the Jersey [...] Draw another in the dark’.
[US]S.F. Call 5 Mar. 8/2: Bill’s coffee — notwithstanding he insists on calling it mud — is excellent.
[US]G.H. Mullin Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 34: I received punk (bread) and a cup of mud (black coffee).
[US]Mencken Amer. Lang. (4th edn) 582: Coffee is hot-stuff, mud or embalming-fluid.
[US]Waukesha (WI) Freeman 24 Jan. 3?/3: ‘Mississippi mud,’ [...] – coffee.
[US]J. Smiley Hash House Lingo 7: An order for a cup of coffee may be given by [...] draw some mud.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 135: ‘Got another cuppa mud, Joe?’ ‘Sure,’ Joe said. ‘Chuck us yer empty.’.
[US]L. Dills CB Slanguage 29: Cup of Mud: coffee.
[US] National Lampoon Sept. 62: All night choke-and-pukes, where you eyeball pretty waitresses over bottomless cups of thirty-weight mud [HDAS].
[US]S. King Dolores Claiborne 219: I poured myself a fresh slug of mud and went out on the porch to drink it.
[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July 🌐 Mud: Coffee.

(b) (UK Und.) pea soup.

[UK]O.C. Malvery Soul Market 300: ‘Two ’aporths o’mud,’ was the answer [...] The irate soup-vendor [...] proceeded to a large can behind the counter and ladled into two great earthenware basins two semi-fluid portions of some queer-looking substance.

3. in drug senses [the colour (and consistency); note abbr. foreign mud, trans. of Chinese name for opium].

(a) unprocessed opium.

[US]G. Bronson-Howard God’s Man 355: I was showing the sucker here what would happen if any [...] guy got it into his head to try an’ stop us from landing our black mud.
[US]Black Mask Aug. III 54: Neatly piled on it was an opium smoking outfit, together with a can of ‘Mud’.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 132: Mud. – Opium, from the gummy, muddy appearance of the drug in its crude state, and before being prepared for smoking.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 809: mud – Opium.
[UK]‘John le Carré’ Honourable Schoolboy 422: Collect a little mud maybe, take him a few guns, rice, gold.

(b) opium, esp. second-rate.

[UK]E. Murphy Black Candle 113: Opium ready for smoking is usually about the consistency of black molasses, or of tar. Pedlars call it ‘mud’.
[UK] (ref. to 1918) L. Duncan Over the Wall 21: I saw and became familiar with [...] morphine users, tars or muds – smokers of opium.
[US]W. Burroughs letter 20 Dec. in Harris (1993) 98: I take a bang or some mud in coffee now and then.
[US] ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US](con. 1930s) Courtwright & Des Jarlais Addicts Who Survived 87: Now you’ve got your pipe and bowl; you take your yen-hok and dip down into the mud.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 15: Mud — Heroin; opium.

(c) the residue of heroin or morphine processing.

[US]D.E. Miller Bk of Jargon 338: mud: Morphine.

(d) heroin.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 70: Mud Mexican heroin. […] This heroin is brown in color and forms a brown liquid when mixed with water and cooked.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 15: Mud — Heroin; opium.

4. excrement.

[[UK] ‘The Lass with the Velvet A-se’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 215: Pray take Example all, / And learn for the future to use brown paper / So heres a health to every Lass / That mudifies her A-se].
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 139: mud [...] 2. feces within the intestinal track.
[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: mud n. Excrement.

5. (US) problems.

[US]F.X. Toole Pound for Pound 62: Chicky had enough mud to haul as it was.

6. (US) derog. term for a black person.

[US]Simon & Burns ‘Get Some’ Generation Kill ep. 1 [TV script] Wiggas be the worst. Race traitors, ’cegenatin’ with the muds.

In compounds

mud flap (n.)

(US) a derog. term for a black person.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 55: Mud Flap A black person.
mud hen (n.)

1. (US) a derog. term for a black woman.

[US]Salt Lake Trib. (UT) 7 Jan. 34/1: [cartoon caption] I’ll show you what brains can do, you bone-headed mud hens!
[US]A. Jennings Beating Back in Hamilton (1952) 99: Jar loose, mud hen!

2. (US) slightly derog. generic for a person.

D.W. Lovelace King Kong 127: ‘Some of you mudhens take Miss Ann from the mate before he falls in his tracks’.

3. (US prison) a lazy person.

[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 211: pull- do (poule d’eau, or mudhen), n. – someone who is lazy.
mud-out (n.)

an act of defecation.

[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 316: Oo. Big one ther. Birruver ring-stinger, that . . . a red-wine dump, poo, mud-out, crap, shite.
mud-packer (n.)

(US) a homosexual man.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 60: Mud Packer A person who takes the dominant role in a homosexual relationship.
mud puppy (n.) [US regional mud puppy, a salamander]

(US campus) an ugly woman.

[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 70: Dog is often the second member of a compound or phrase: [...] As with many slang words for animals, dog and its spinoffs often have sexual implications. A bowser, bow-wow, or mud puppy is an ‘ugly female’.
mud scow (n.) [SE scow, a large flat-bottomed boat] (US)

1. in pl., large, cheap shoes.

US Army and Navy Journal I 180/2: Expensive shoes [...] are often thrown away unused, for the despised Government ‘mudscows.’ These ‘mudscows’ or ‘gunboats’ [...] are low-cut, stitched, very light, and very cheap [...]. The sole is very broad, and the heels broad and low [DA].
[US]Carr & Chase in ‘Word-List From Aroostook’ in DN III:v 413: mudscows, n. Large shoes.

2. in pl., feet.

(con. c.1820) Sleeper In Forecastle 386: Tread water lustily with those mud scows (pointing to his feet) [HDAS].
mud shark (n.)

(US black) a white man or woman who prefers black partners.

[US]Ebonics Primer at 🌐 mud shark Definition: a white girl who only dates black men Example: You can give up on that, she’s a mud shark.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hollywood Fuck Pad’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 228: She’s a nympho. She pulls trains for spooks. She’s a real mud shark.
[US]J. Ellroy Widespread Panic 38: ‘Otto Preminger?’ ‘Mud shark. Currently enthralled with a sepia seductress’.
mud show (n.)

1. (UK society) an agricultural show or any similar outdoor event.

[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.

2. (US) an old-fashioned circus; thus mud-showman, one who runs or works at such a circus.

[US]P. White ‘A Circus List’ in AS I:5 282: Mud show — The old time wagon show. Sometimes called a ‘mud op’ry’.
[US]K. Nicholson Barker 150: Mud showman – A carnival man.
[US]T. Thursday ‘West Goes South’ in Everybody’s Oct. 🌐 Sweeney used to be a press-agent for a small mud-show.
mud snake (n.) (US)

1. the penis.

‘Jizz at the work place’ 5 Dec. 🌐 [He] wipped out his 13 inch limp alabama mud snake and began to crank his shaft. then he spit a wad all over my boss.

2. a turd.

J. Buchman ‘feeling bad for u’ posting 12 May at 🌐 I ran into the bathroom and laid the biggest mudsnake in my life. It didn’t flush down properly; so I left it sitting there and got back to Tonya.
mud turtle (n.)

(US) a contemptible person.

[US]‘Mark Twain’ Tom Sawyer, Detective xi 527: A mud-turtle of a back-settlement lawyer [DA].
[US]Z.N. Hurston Bone of Contention (1995) 973: If I had dat nule bone heah, Ahd teach a few mo’ uh yuh mud-turtles something.
[US]J.T. Farrell ‘Looking ’Em Over’ in Short Stories (1937) 50: Sa-ay, don’t be a mud turtle.

In phrases

get some mud for one’s turtle (v.)

(US) from a man’s point of view, to have sexual intercourse.

[US]LaBarge & Holt Sweetwater Gunslinger 201 (1990) 63: ‘You going to get your ashes hauled tonight?’ [...] ‘What does that mean?’ ‘Same as getting some mud for your turtle, honey.’.
B. Klein ‘Disorderly Condit’ in ‘My Worst Nightmare’ on Bill Klein On-Line 🌐 I got in trouble because some intern in my employ had disappeared and everyone thought we were romantically involved but I said no she was just a good friend but then they found out that I’d been using her to get mud for my turtle, so to speak.
get some mud for the duck (v.)

(US gay) to have anal intercourse.

[US]R.O. Scott Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐 anal intercourse: [...] Syn: get some mud for the duck.
hold one’s mud (v.) [a job that one has to do oneself]

1. (US black) to keep one’s own counsel, to keep quiet.

[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 31: ‘So you couldn’t hold your mud?’ Nunn shrugged.
[US]J. Horton ‘Time and cool people’ in Kochman Rappin’ and Stylin’ Out 26: When one knows what’s happening he can operate in many scenes, providing that he can ‘hold his mud’ (keep cool and out of trouble).
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 151: Do your own time, hold your own mud.
[US]P. Gourevitch Cold Case (2002) 82: He was somewhat successful at not giving information to people. He held his mud.
[US]J. Stahl I, Fatty 240: When I asked, Gavin held his mud.
[US]J. Stahl OG Dad 25: Again, I managed to hold my mud, But back in the car [...] I had to bring it [i.e. a worrying topic] up.

2. (US drugs) to be courageous.

[US] ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.

3. (US) to control one’s bowel movements.

[US]J. Stahl Happy Mutant Baby Pills 15: Americans like to think of themselves as mud-holders. You don’t see the Greatest Generation diapering up.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

mud boy (n.)

(US) derog. term for an African-American.

[US]S.M. Jones Lives Laid Away [ebook] ‘Fuck you, mud boy,’ Brecker growled.
mud bud (n.) [bud n.2 (3)]

(drugs) homegrown marijuana.

[US]J. Burkardt ‘Itty Bitty: Nonsense Rhymes’ Wordplay 🌐 This is a list of phrases made of pairs of words that rhyme [...] mud bud (homegrown marijuana).
mudcat (n.) (US)

1. a stupid or contemptible person.

[UK] ‘Mark Twain’ Letters I 323: A scheming, groveling mud-cat of a lawyer.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Cemetery Bait’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 521: A fink being a character who is lower than a mudcat’s vest pocket.

2. a Mississippian [Mississippi is known as the Mudcat State].

[US]Schele De Vere Americanisms 660: Mississippi is occasionally spoken of humorously as the Mudcat State, the inhabitants being quite generally known as Mud-cats, a name given to the large catfish abounding in the swamps and the mud of the rivers .
[US]Chicago Daily News 16 Aug. 10/7: While we are laying down surrender terms for the Japanese, how about a Declaration on Senator ‘Dear Dago’ Bilbo, the Mississippi mudcat? [DA].
mud-eating (n.)

(mid-19C) toadying, sycophancy.

[UK]Sportsman (London) 8 July 2/1: Notes on News [...] It Is with great pleasure that take our part in the general mud-eating in honour of his Royal Highness Prince Arthur.
mud-faker (n.)

(UK Und.) a foot.

[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 61: Twig his gams; stage his mud fakers – there’s a pair of crab spoilers – talk of a foot, why it’s fourteen inches.
mud-fat (adj.) [the thickness and density of mud]

(Aus.) very fat.

[Aus]‘William Hatfield’ Ginger Murdoch 18: I got this thing [...] orf a Pong in Cunnamulla, mud-fat he was (the horse) — you know the way they feed ’em.
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.

see separate entries.

mudguard (n.)

(N.Z.) a bald head; occas. ext. as shiny on top, all shit beneath.

[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 138: mudguard Bald head, sometimes with the accompanying phrase shiny on top, all shit beneath.

see separate entries.

mud honey (n.)

1. street mud and slush.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 762: ca. 1870–1914.

2. beer.

[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘Compliments of the Season’ in Strictly Business (1915) 204: He held in his hand the key to a paradise of the mud-honey that he craved. [Ibid.] ‘Past One at Rooney’s’ 260: This mud honey was clarified sweetness to his taste.
mud hook (n.)

see separate entry.

Mud Island (n.)

see separate entry.


see separate entry.

Mud Land (n.)

see separate entry.

mudlark (n.)

see separate entry.

mud-penciller (n.)

(UK Und.) a crossing sweeper.

[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 73: I piped a donna vot vas dossing next pad from us vith lucifer cove and the mud-penciller.
mud-plunger (n.)

a heavy boot, suitable for cross-country walking.

[UK]Satirist (London) 22 May 56/3: Looking at the old pair of mudplungers.
Illus. Times 11 Jan. 11/2: ‘My mark is mud-plungers [...] look here, Jerry!’ So saying the speaker shot forward one of his legs, which Jerry glanced at.
mud-plunging (n.)

(UK tramp) walking through muddy streets and lanes in the hope of securing hand-outs; thus mud-plunger, one who does this.

J. Greenwood in Dly Teleg. 16 Feb. 3/2: ‘Mud-plungers’ – beggars whose harvest-time is when they can wade in the middle of the road and in pouring rain, with an agonising display of saturated rags and mire-sodden naked feet.
[UK]Bradford Obs. 4 Nov. 4/1: That rascal and his wife are street singers and cadgers of the sort known as mud-plungers. Fine weather don’t suit ’em.
[UK]J. Greenwood Low-Life Deeps 270: That rascal and his wife are street singers and cadgers of the sort known as ‘mud-plungers.’ Fine weather don’t suit ’em; they can’t come out strong enough.
[UK]Daily Tel. 8 Feb. 3, col. 1: It doesn’t matter if it’s house to house work or chanting, or mud-plunging, it’s cold work [F&H].
mud-puncher (n.) (also m.p.)

(Aus.) a dredgerman.

Freeman’s Jrnl (Sydney) 6 Nov. 11/4: It appears that [...] the latter went into his house, and returning with a pistol, levelled it at the unfortunate man’s head and blew away the whole of his lower jaw and tongue.
Express and Teleg. (Adelaide) 26 Jun. 2/7: A mud puncher might think different, but what can he know about it?
Port Augusta Dispatch (SA) 2 Sept. 4/7: [H]e would begin to find himself quite at home with a mud puncher over a glass of Dog’a Nose, ‘so early in the morning’.
South Bourke & Mornington Jrnl (Richmond, Vic.) 17 Dec. 2/7: People about were angry at the wild joke, but the mud-puncher’s ‘pal’ was overjoyed at the newly-discovered talent in his mate.
[Aus]Advertiser (Adelaide) 13 May 4/8: Laborers raised the silt and shovelled it up from the barges on to a stage erected half-way up the wharfside, and again threw it up on the wharf. There the ‘mud punchers’’ job ended, and it was loaded by the draymen.
Recorder (Port Pirie, SA) 30 Mar. 3/3: Mr Smith drifted in reverie back to days when as a boy he carried hot meals to a gang of ‘M.Ps,’ (‘Mud Punchers’) engaged in shovelling silt from the river bed on to barges.
mud-rakers (n.)

a pair of boots.

[UK]Flash Mirror 7: [A] light-coloured neck scrag, gold chin prop, turnip and bunch of onions, pinched-in pin covers and Wellington mud-rakers .

see separate entries.

mud-stomping (adj.)

(US black) second-rate, impoverished.

[US]N. Heard Howard Street 14: Long months of mud-stomping prostitution caused her to hesitate.

In phrases

bring mud (v.)

(US black) to let down, to disappoint.

[US]R. Fisher Walls Of Jericho 144: Jivin’ a dickty gal now [...] Bringin’ me mud. [Ibid.] 297: Bring Mud To fall below expectations, disappoint. He who escorts a homely sheba to a dickty shout brings mud.
cut mud (v.) [image of car wheels moving through mud]

(US) to move very fast.

[US]Randolph & Wilson Down in the Holler 238: One of our neighbors said to his small son, ‘You just cut mud for home, afore I take a hickory to you!’.
mud up

see separate entries.

up to mud (adj.) [the innate worthlessness of mud]

(Aus.) unsatisfactory.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 1 Apr. 4/7: I just bin t’ see this ’ere pitcher o’ Tom Roberts’s. Up t’ mud. In my opinion anyow.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth, Aus.) 25 Feb. 14/1: We wanted to know how they’d characterise anyone they didn’t like. ‘Oh, we’d say he’s up to mud,’ they returned easily.
[Aus]J.S. Finney 13 Feb. diary 🌐 Got into quarters and found I was detailed for Ration carrying. Game up to mud. [...] 17 Feb. Went and saw the Doctor. He reckons I’ve nothing much wrong with me. [..] His opinion up to mud. [add def.].
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.
[Aus]North. Times (Carnarvon, WA) 24 Sept. 2/6: Up to Mud: Worthless, uselsss, no good.
[Aus]J. O’Grady Aussie Eng. (1966) 60: Anything ‘up to mud’ is ‘not up to much’.

In exclamations

here’s mud (in your eye)!

see separate entry.